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Archive for June, 2006

Updated: Outreach Subcontract RFPs Now Available

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

The Pacific Northwest Regional Medical Library announces Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for 2 outreach subcontracts: one with a focus on consumers and communities; and the other for outreach to underserved health professionals.

Both RFPs are now posted in the Funding section on the NN/LM PNR website.

Deadline for submission of proposals is August 18, 2006. Please contact Linda Milgrom (lmilgrom@u.washington.edu), Gail Kouame (gmarie@u.washington.edu) or Roy Sahali (rs@u.washington.edu) by July 31, 2006 to indicate your intention to apply.

To be an eligible proposal, the lead agency must be a network member. Proposals will be given priority consideration if a library is involved (as lead agency or as a partner organization); and if project personnel have experience using and teaching MedlinePlus, PubMed, or other National Library of Medicine resources.

If you intend to apply, start now to identify collaborators, to learn about your outreach audience via community assessment, and to inventory resources and assets. To locate network members in your area, search the Membership Database. Tools to help with community assessment and program planning are available from the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center, in particular Getting Started with Community-Based Outreach and “Stage 1: Conducting a Community Assessment” from Measuring the Difference.

Cathy Burroughs, Associate Director, cburroug@u.washington.edu

New Look for NNLM & RML Websites!

Monday, June 12th, 2006

Announcing a redesign and upgrade for webpages of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine .

Why the changes? Recently, a national usability and evaluation review was conducted on the NN/LM and RML websites. Results supported the need for a more uniform navigation scheme in the family of NN/LM webpages and more focus on the needs of our Network Members.

How will this impact you? As of Monday, June 12, if you are a long-time user of the PNR website or other NN/LM sites, some of the services you rely on may have moved to new addresses.

Also, the PNR site will now link to the *national* Network Member Directory (http://nnlm.gov/members/adv.html). You can search for specific Network member names or organizations in any RML region. Or, you can quickly limit your search by region, state, county, city, or zip code.

This roll-out is the first stage of a broad effort to improve our Website to meet network member needs. We know we aren’t done, and we plan to continue refining our webpages over time. Meanwhile, we do appreciate your comments!

If you run into any problems, please use the Feedback link at the top of any page to let us know what you are trying to find. Or, feel free to call us (800-338-7657) and we will do our best to help you right away.